Standoff ends on South Broadway near Haysville

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A man and woman were taken to Comcare for evaluation after a standoff closed a stretch of Broadway south of Haysville for several hours Thursday afternoon.

The pair had parked next to a vacant house in the 8400 block of South Broadway and called in an order for pizza, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Lt. Lin Dehning said. When the pizza delivery man arrived, the man in the car said he had no money.

The delivery man didn’t want to argue with them, Dehning said, so he called 911. When a deputy showed up to investigate, the man in the car told him “I don’t think I’m going to get out of this anyway” and that he had a gun.

The deputy backed off, and a SWAT team was sent to the scene, Dehning said. Negotiators talked with them several times by phone over the next few hours before the duo surrendered peacefully at about 5:30 p.m.

“At this point, we’re looking at this as a mental health issue and not necessarily a criminal issue,” Dehning said, citing comments made during the negotiations.

They were taken to Comcare for an evaluation.

The standoff affected school buses bringing students home and also residents who lived in the area, Dehning said.

“We know that was tough on everyone, and we appreciate their patience,” he said. “We tried to get people through as best we could.”

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